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« La ‘pelle au cul », et autres joyeusetés langagières au temps du carnaval proscrit

Abstract : With the prohibition of Carnaval in 1791, an entire series of pamphlets by moderates and royalists hurried to describe in the burlesque tradition a world turned upside down in which ridicule could be prove a cruel, political weapon. But in this game of mixing masks and lubricity, patriot writers, at least some of them, spiced their prose with abundant references to the « arse ». The Pere Duchesne, whether that of Hebert or those of his competitors, reveled in using the word as much as in depicting burlesque situations, all the better to deride their adversaries. The language of grotesque farce, the « bel esprit », the « gaieté de l’esprit français », were thus mobilized in a language that purported to be « popular », to better reach its targets, not only those sympathetic to their vision of the Revolution, but no less the adversaries to be first ridiculed, then eliminated from the political scene.
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Michel Biard, Jacques Guilhaumou. « La ‘pelle au cul », et autres joyeusetés langagières au temps du carnaval proscrit. Annales historiques de la Révolution française, Armand Colin, 2010, Entre scatologie et fantasmes sexuels, le cul et son imaginaire, pp.33-52. ⟨10.4000/ahrf.11680⟩. ⟨halshs-00522239⟩

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